Western Digital fills out its NAS-optimized RED hard drive line with new 2.5 inch versions

WD HARD DRIVES Western Digital is expanding its popular RED line of Network Attached Storage hard drives to include two 2.5 inch versions. The current lineup of RED drives is limited to four 3.5 inch drives ranging from 1TB to 4TB. The move to a 2.5 inch form factor will give owners of smaller NAS systems a better performing option over traditional 2.5 inch drives. There are not many of these small form factor NAS systems on the market, but Synology (our favorite) offers the DS411slim, which supports up to four 2.5″ drives. These are perfect for tucking away in a small server room or network closet.

Like their bigger brother, the 2.5 inch WD RED drives will feature NASware 2.0 technology, which ensures maximum compatibility and performance with all major NAS devices. These drives run cool and are optimized to run in a 24×7 environment without fail. For even more peace of mind, each WD RED drive includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and access to a 24 hour support line.

The new 2.5 inch WD RED drives are available in two capacities: 1TB ($99), 750GB ($79). These drives were just announced this morning so they are still making their way to retailers but Amazon has the listings available for preorder or you can go directly through the online WD Store.

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Synology DiskStation 2-bay NAS Server w/ iOS and iTunes integration $170 (Reg. $250)

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Newegg is offering the Synology DS212J Diskless System DiskStation 2-bay NAS Server for just $170 with free shipping.  A total savings of 32% off retail and 15% off the next lowest price at Amazon.  Use coupon code EMCYTZT3517.

Perfect for home and small office use, the Synology DS212J features iOS integration, AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in.  iTunes support allows users to stream stored content to their favorite iDevice wherever they have internet access via iOS apps.

9to5mac reviewed the Synology systems and found:

And, while it is a reliable backup and file server, Synology has very impressive apps for iOS and Android (as well as a nice web app) that allow you to take all of your music, movies, pictures, and media with you wherever you go so long as there is an internet connection. In fact, it goes well beyond normal NAS functionality…

This Synology unit does not come with hard drives.  Here’s a list of compatible drives.  Just this week we saw a great deal on Western Digital 3TB Red drives, while that deal is dead we encourage you to check back for similar deals.  If you’re looking to get this system up and running as quick as possible we reccomend the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB for $131 as one of the best prices we’re currently seeing.
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Western Digital Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive w/ IntelliPower: 3.5″, SATA III, 64MB Cache $131 Shipped (Reg. $199)

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Amazon is offering the Western Digital Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive w/ IntelliPower for just $131 with free shipping, $69 below retail, $20 under the average selling price and the lowest price Amazon has ever offered this drive for.

IntelliPower is “a fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.”  Other features include NASware for seamless integration and error recovery controls and 3D Active Balance Plus which minimizes vibration and noise.

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The WD Red drives are prime to pop in a Synology NAS.  In fact, Synology just launched an 8-bay NAS with four GbE ports and speeds up to 350 MBps reads and 200 MBps writes.  Synology NAS offers iOS integration AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in.  Certainly a step up from an Apple Time Capsule.
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Iomega 2TB Cloud Edition Gigabit NAS Hard Drive for $110 + $5 s&h

TigerDirect offers the Iomega 2TB Cloud Edition Home Media Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive, model no. 34766, for $109.99 plus $4.89 for shipping ($0.06/GB). That’s $5 under last month’s mention and tied as the lowest total price we’ve seen for this drive. (It’s also a current price low by $45.) It features Gigabit Ethernet, dual USB 2.0 ports, a built-in UPnP AV Media Server (DLNA certified), iTunes Server, and more.

Iomega 3TB Home Media Gigabit NAS Cloud Drive for $200 + free shipping

Buy.com trimmed its price on the Iomega 3TB Home Media Gigabit Network Attached Storage External Hard Drive Cloud Edition, model no. 34785, to $169.99 with free shipping ($0.06/GB). That’s $20 under our July mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this NAS. (It’s also a current price low by $23.) It features Gigabit Ethernet, dual USB 2.0 ports, built in UPnP AV Media Server (DLNA certified), an iTunes server, and more.

Iomega StorCenter Cloud Edition 2TB Gigabit NAS for $170 + free shipping

Buy.com offers the Iomega 2TB StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition Gigabit Network Attached Storage Drive, model no. 35427, for $169.99 with free shipping. That’s $0.08/GB, $20 under our July mention, and the lowest total price we could find by $48. It features two 1TB hard drives, RAID 1 or JBOD configurations, print server functionality, Gigabit Ethernet, Time Machine support, and more.

D-Link 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet NAS Enclosure for $75 + free shipping

TigerDirect offers the D-Link ShareCenter 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet External Network Attached Storage Enclosure, model no. DNS-320, for $99.99. Coupon code “IFP66541″ cuts it to $74.99. With free shipping, that’s the lowest total price we could find by $14, although we saw it for $10 less last week (since expired). This Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosure features support for two serial ATA hard drives up to 4TB, a print server, and RAID 0/1 configurations.

D-Link 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet NAS Enclosure for $65 + free shipping

TigerDirect cut its price on the D-Link ShareCenter 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet External Network Attached Storage Enclosure, model no. DNS-320, to $64.99 with free shipping. That’s $15 under last week’s mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen for a 2-bay Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosure. (It’s also a current price low for this model by $33.) This Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosure features support for two serial ATA hard drives up to 4TB, a print server, and RAID 0/1 configurations.

D-Link 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet NAS Enclosure for $80 + free shipping

TigerDirect offers the D-Link ShareCenter 2-Bay Gigabit Ethernet External Network Attached Storage Enclosure, model no. DNS-320, for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s tied with our May mention and the lowest total price we could find by $18. This Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosure features support for two serial ATA hard drives up to 4TB, a print server, and RAID 0/1 configurations.

Iomega 2TB Cloud Edition Gigabit NAS Hard Drive for $120 + free shipping

Buy.com offers the Iomega 2TB Cloud Edition Home Media Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive, model no. 34766, for $119.99 with free shipping. That’s $0.06/GB, $20 under our mention from last month, and the lowest total price we could find, this time by $11. It features Gigabit Ethernet, dual USB 2.0 ports, built-in UPnP AV Media Server (DLNA certified), iTunes Server, and more.